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Archive for April, 2012

Serial bank robber gets federal prison sentence

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced JONATHAN LEE THOMPSON, 52, to 125 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. The Court also imposed restitution of over $8,000.00.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 21, 2010. On July 13, 2010, following a three-day trial, THOMPSON was convicted of three counts of bank robbery.

According to evidence presented at trial, on September 23, 2009, THOMPSON entered the BB&T Bank, located on Market Street in Wilmington, North Carolina, approached a teller and placed a square black canvas bag on the counter. Taped to the bag was a white piece of paper, stating, “You’re being robbed. No dye packs.” The teller took money from the teller drawer and gave it to THOMPSON. THOMPSON asked for the money from a second drawer, but the drawer was empty. He then fled the bank with $2,337.00.

On November 3, 2009, THOMPSON entered the Bank of America, located on Oleander Drive in Wilmington, North Carolina, approached the teller and handed her a large white envelope. The envelope read, “This is an armed robbery. 100s, 50s, 20s, and 10s. Loose only.” The teller filled the envelope with money and handed it back to THOMPSON. He then fled the bank with $4,070.00.

On November 10, 2009, THOMPSON entered the Bank of America, located on South College Road in Wilmington, approached a teller and placed a black canvas bag on the counter. Attached to the bag was a piece of masking tape with the following words: “This is a robbery. Give me 100s, 20s and 10s.” After the teller gave THOMPSON $1,710.00, he fled the bank.
Additional evidence presented showed that through media coverage of police photos released to the public of these three robberies along with four additional robberies in South Carolina, THOMPSON was identified and on December 1, 2009, arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In 2003, THOMPSON was federally prosecuted for nine bank robberies and received a sentence of 84 months’ imprisonment. Once THOMPSON completed his term of imprisonment for those robberies, he was placed on supervised release for a period of three years, and was still on supervised release when he committed the latest string of robberies. Assistant United
States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening served as prosecuting attorney for the previous case as well as for the current case.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wilmington Police Department.

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With cold night ahead, flowers should be OK, summer plants in danger

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With frost in the forecast tonight and the Azalea Garden Tour around the corner, many gardeners may be worried. So we turned to an expert to find out what you can do and which plants need some extra love.

A warm winter and early spring already meant the azaleas would probably not be in their full glory this week. Now add in a cold snap.

Your plants will feel it, but Airlie Gardens Director Jim McDaniel says he’s not worried about flowers.

“I’m more worried about our summer plants that have started to put their summer growth out, and that’s the real tender stuff we should worry about,” McDaniel said.

But if you’re still worried about your flowers, play it safe and turn on the sprinklers now.

“What that will do is create a micro climate, and because when moisture begins to evaporate, it’s coming off at a temperature which will sort of help raise the ambient temperature in the garden,” McDaniel said.

He says move potted plants inside and throw some extra mulch to protect ground plants. You can even cover garden beds with burlap. But be careful. Too much pressure or plastic can do as much damage as a severe frost.

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Man sought in grocery store thefts

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

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Man dies after falling ill while boating

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

A man died Tuesday night after suffering a “medical emergency” aboard a boat off Wrightsville Beach

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Man boating off Wrightsville Beach dies

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A 54-year-old man died last night after the Coast Guard medevaced him from a boat off Wrightsville Beach.

The Coast Guard says the man’s girlfriend called New Hanover county 911, which contacted Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach.

The Coast Guard sent a response boat to the 20-foot boat about 150 yards away from Station Wrightsville Beach. Three crewmembers boarded the boat. Two started CPR while the third drove the boat back to the station. Waiting emergency medical services took the man to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

No word on the cause of death or the victim’s identity.

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